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Musings, ramblings and thought provoking articles from our team of talented writers - all views expressed are their own!

Celebrating Ireland around the World

On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone around the world is Irish. Our patron saint is feted on every continent with parades, festivals and glorious, green decorations. But one group of people is famous for leaving Ireland on our big day: our elected officials. While Dublin throws a massive party featuring top North American marching bands, our […]

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What Would President Trump Do?

Presidential elections are only a year away in the United States, and it looks like it could be a very long, very tense year for the estimated 50,000 Irish in America without authorization.  Republican candidate Donald Trump has made his anti-immigration stance a central part of his campaign, and his comments about immigrants, particularly Mexicans, have […]

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Prejudice Against Irish Travellers

Why the prejudice against Travellers? Having only lived in parts of the U.S. bereft of Travellers, I rarely hear about them, except in the context of offensive portrayals of them as tactless drunks on exploitative shows like TLC’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, et. al. However, I’ve come across a couple of events over the past […]

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Would Fine Gael Hold an Abortion Referendum?

You may remember in June when I posted about a U.N. committee on human rights and their recommendations to Ireland to hold a referendum and change its stringent abortion laws. These laws, to remind you, allow for abortion only in cases where the fetus endangers the life of the pregnant woman. Yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny […]

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